How To Install A Swimming Pool Heater

Installing a pool heater can be a complex and potentially dangerous task, so it is important to follow proper procedures to ensure that the heater is installed correctly and safely. Here are the general steps for installing a pool heater:

Installing Pool Heaters

Before installing a pool heater or pool heat pump, it’s imperative to consider the safety risks and required skills to complete the installation. While homeowners can install a pool heater without assistance, it’s not typically recommended due to the potential equipment damage and safety concerns.

  1. Consult with a professional
    Before beginning the installation process, it is essential to consult with a professional to ensure that the heater is appropriate for your pool and that you have all the necessary permits and approvals. This will prevent a major headache later in the installation.
  2. Prepare the installation site
    Clear the area around the installation site of any debris or obstacles, ensuring that you have all the necessary tools and materials to install a pool heater. If you are installing a natural gas or propane heater, it’s vital that you have proper fittings and pipes to prevent gas leaks.
  3. Install the base
    Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install the base for the heater, ensuring it is level and properly supported. This can be done in a few ways, like pouring a concrete foundation for the new pool heater or using cinderblocks to provide a level surface. Be sure to create a base that will keep your pool heater or heat pump safe from flooding and debris by installing it above ground level.
  4. Connect the gas line
    If the heater runs on gas, you will need to install a gas line to the heater. This should be done by a licensed professional, as it involves working with gas and requires special knowledge and skills. Serious injury or property damage can result from an improperly installed gas pool heater.
  5. Connect the water lines
    Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to connect the water lines to the heater, ensuring that all connections are secure and there are no leaks. Be sure that you have enough Teflon tape or PVC glue to make a tight, lasting seal.
  6. Install the electrical components
    If the heater requires electrical power, you must install the necessary electrical components, such as wiring and a circuit breaker. A licensed professional should also do this, as it involves working with electricity and requires special knowledge and skills. Looping a swimming pool heater into your electrical circuit can be dangerous when incorrectly completed, so we recommend calling knowledgeable technicians.
  7. Test the heater
    Once all the components have been installed, test the heater to ensure it works properly. The system should begin raising the water temperature without leaking or generating loud noises. If you notice an unusual noise or lack of water flow, stop the pool heater immediately and begin troubleshooting.

Perform Regular Maintenance On Your Pool Heater
It is important to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for regular maintenance of the heater to ensure it continues to operate safely and efficiently. Clearing the pool heat pump or pool heater of debris and ensuring it receives proper water flow will prolong the lifespan of your system. With proper maintenance, a pool heater can last decades!

How Long Does Pool Heater Installation Take?

The length of time it takes to install a pool heater will depend on several factors, including the type of heater being installed, the location of the heater, and the complexity of the installation. It is recommended to allow at least half a day to install a pool heater. However, more complex installations or installations that require additional work (such as the installation of gas lines or electrical wiring) may take longer. It is always best to work with a pool heater installation professional to get a more accurate estimate for installation timeframes.

Check all the components of your pool heater to ensure everything’s tight, secure, and no leaks are present. The severity of a loose connection varies based on the type of system you have, but it can be detrimental to any pool heater. Loose gas valves or electrical connections can further strain the system, cause a short, or even lead to gas inhalation.

Remove Debris Build Up

Removing debris is an important part of pool heater maintenance. Periodically, remove the heat exchanger from the heater and clear any debris that has accumulated. While the heat exchanger is disassembled, check the electrical connections, wiring, mounting hardware, and clear any corrosion with a wire brush.


How Long Does A Pool Heater Last?

The average life of a pool heater is between 15 and 25 years with regular usage and proper maintenance, but there are various factors that impact that projection. To make your pool heat pump last as long as possible, stick to proper usage and emphasize maintaining the system. If pool maintenance isn’t your thing, call Blue Utopia Pools for timely, affordable maintenance and repairs.

Can I leave my pool heater on all the time?

Modern heat pump systems have a built-in temperature controller, which keeps the system at your desired temperature and prevents the heat pump from overheating. However, in most cases, you will want to turn off the pool heater shortly before the pool pump becomes inactive. This prevents wasted electricity and gas while ensuring the heat exchanger has plenty of time to rest.

Do pool heaters require maintenance?

Just like the pool pump or any other piece of swimming pool equipment, the heat pump requires regular maintenance and care. Properly maintaining the heat pump and ensuring adequate water flow will directly impact how long your equipment lasts.

How much does a new pool heater cost?

If you’re looking for a new heat pump or a repair can’t be made on your current one, contact Blue Utopia to see how much it would cost to have our experts replace it! Our experts have unmatched experience with pool heater service and repair, removing the worry and headache from your experience. Call today and let our professionals quote a new unit for your home.